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MR. HULA HULA

Kristina Matthews’ champion equitation horse Mr. Hula Hula was euthanized at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colo., on Sept. 5, due to post-surgical complications of a lacerated flexor tendon. He was 14.

Matthews bought “Daddy” as an amateur-owner jumper prospect prior to him suffering a 14-part fracture to his pastern in the summer of 2003. After undergoing an extensive surgery and recovery period, it was a miracle when the 18-hand Dutch Warmblood gelding returned to compete as an equitation horse in the fall of 2005.

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Kristina Matthews’ champion equitation horse Mr. Hula Hula was euthanized at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colo., on Sept. 5, due to post-surgical complications of a lacerated flexor tendon. He was 14.

Matthews bought “Daddy” as an amateur-owner jumper prospect prior to him suffering a 14-part fracture to his pastern in the summer of 2003. After undergoing an extensive surgery and recovery period, it was a miracle when the 18-hand Dutch Warmblood gelding returned to compete as an equitation horse in the fall of 2005.

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His honors included third place in the 2006 U.S. Equestrian Federation national standings in adult equitation, 2006 reserve champion USEF Zone 8 Ariat National Medal, 2006 Colorado Adult Equitation Champion and the 2006 recipient of the Cider Jug Memorial Trophy for the Colorado high-point equitation horse.

Since 2007 he had been retired to Plum Creek Hollow Farm in Sedalia, Colo. Daddy was loved for his keen intellect, his unpredictable antics and his willingness to please against all odds. He will be remembered by everyone for his stoicism, bravery and courageous heart.

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